Name: Ray Ewry
Sport: Track and Field
Event(s): High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump
DOB: 10/14/1873
Birthplace: Lafayette, Ind.
Hometown: Lafayette, Ind.
High School: Lafayette Jefferson High School (Lafayette, Ind.)
College: Purdue University
Olympic Experience
  • Three-time Olympian (1900, 1904, 1908); eight-time Olympic medalist (8 golds)
  • Paris 1900, gold (high jump, long jump, triple jump)
  • St. Louis 1904, gold (high jump, long jump, triple jump)
  • London 1908, gold (high jump, long jump)
Personal: Was diagnosed with polio at age 7 and told he would never walk again...Member of the track and football teams at Purdue University...Won 15 U.S. amateur track championships as a member of the New York Athletic Club...Was nicknamed “The Human Frog” by spectators at the Olympic Games Paris 1900...Worked with the New York Board of Water Supply to build dams and reservoirs still in use today.